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Lexus IS Tires and Wheels



  • ar39ar39 Posts: 61
    The additional width would not harm the suspension. Rather, it would wear the wheel bearings out quicker. Also, there will be a drop in mpg since there's increase in weight.
  • Has any one experienced a cracked front wheel on 18inch standard stock mag 06 Lexus IS250. Seems like the wheel should withstand blow from road rut. Believe this shouldn't happen to the wheel (cracking the way it did)) trying to find if there is any history to this problem and will pursue further.

  • bizunitbizunit Posts: 5
    I leased a lexus is250 with 17" standard wheels. I want 18" wheels (didnt get them with purchase b/c got a good deal on a car in stock/at dealership)...
    What options do I have? Im thinking if I get the 18's then I can just put the 17's back on when i turn it in in 36months.
    Any suggestions on 18" rims/tires? and where to get them?
  • achan618achan618 Posts: 9
    I am searching for new tires as I miraculously got to 50,000 on the stock tires. Must be all the freeway driving I do. Anyways, my question is if it matters if I get $150 tires versus $300 dollar tires. The specs of the front tires and back are the following:

    Front: 225/40R/18"
    Rear: 255/40R/18"

    Some of the cheaper tires have ratings of 88W, versus some higher ones of 92Y.
  • mycar17mycar17 Posts: 9
    I leased my Lexus IS250 at the end of June, and asked the salesman outright if I would have to replace the tires at the end of my lease. I know these can be pretty pricey on the cars, from what I've read. He assured me that when I turned the car back in at 36,000 miles I should have plenty of tread left and would not have to replace the tires.
    Imagine my surprise when I saw that many people posting that the tires last only about 15,000 miles, and the disclaimer on the Lexus website that the 17" wheels last about 20,000 miles and the 18" wheels about 15,000.
    Did I totally get the wool pulled over my eyes? It is what it is, but I'd just like to know how many sets of new tires I'm looking at in a 3 year lease....
  • ar39ar39 Posts: 61
    Tire wear depends on road conditions, driving habbits & tire maintenance (rotation, tire pressure etc). In my personal experience with AWD, my original tires have lasted 34K miles & are good for another ~15K miles. So, if you take good care of your tires, they will last longer.

  • kgk3kgk3 Posts: 19
    I have an IS 350 with a cracked (and bent) front rim (18" double spoke). Lexus wants $800+ for a new rim and says its not covered by the warranty because it's due to hitting something hard. Any thoughts on this? Shouldn't a wheel designed to carry low-profile tires be able to withstand some bumps in the road?
  • hi, im thinkin of pickin up the is250 in about 2 month or so. the front are 225 and rear are 245, is there any way i can make it 245 around or 225 around with the stock. and if i get after market, can i do 245 around or so i need spacer for the front. thanks :)
  • bergersrbergersr Posts: 2
    I have an 2007 IS 250 with 35,000 miles, which has Bridgstone Turanza tires - 225 40-18 fronts and 255 40-18 rears. I don't want to spend more than $150 per tire if I can. Any suggestions as to a good replacement tire?

  • carmonkeycarmonkey Posts: 32
    Personally, I recommend not skimping on tires. If you cannot afford to properly equip the car, you cannot afford the car. With that said, Goodyear Eagles might be "budget" option to consider.
  • bergersrbergersr Posts: 2
    Thanks carmonkey. I only asked because it's a lease. Thanks for the suggestion!
  • Hi, i have 2006 IS250 as well. My left front tire came off 10 days ago while i was driving on the highway. Lexus dealer refused to make any comment and Lexus customer service is not reply my phone call. I am not sure where I should go next? :sick: ">
  • I have a 2008 IS 250 AWD. Due to frequent TPMS warnings I have gotten in the habit of checking the tire air pressure about once a month. These low profile tires seem to consistently lose about 2-4 psi every month. I have contacted Lexus and had the car into the dealership. Everything checked out ok. Is this just a fact of life with low profile tires? This is the first car I have owned with low profile tires and I don't plan on purchasing another. They seem to require more maintenance than other tires. I drive under normal suburban and highway road conditions. Nothing extreme. In the year and a half I have owned this car I have spent an inordinate amount of time checking tire pressure and adding air. Thanks.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    Try this: adjust pressure to 27 psi or therabouts in all tires including the spare. Reinitialize the system at this pressure (check the owner's manual). Reset tire pressures to 35 psi or so (or wherever you prefer to be). Now the warning will come on a lot less frequently.

    A lot of 2 psi per month is not all that unusual. A loss of of 1 psi per 10 degree change in ambient temp is also usual.

    Of course, you can always decide to be duly diligent and keep on as you have been! :)
  • i have a 2008 250 IS AWD . I need new tires. 225 45 17 91V.
    i have bridgestone potenza re92 currently and i do not like their wet handling ability. replacement tires seen to really limited in this speed rating. anybody have any recommendations on the dunlop sp sport 5000 or continental contiprocontact tires or any other tires.
  • For wet handling I loved the Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires on my IS350. Now that I have a second car, I'm running Falken Azenis RT-615 on my IS350 and mainly drive it when there's no rain (which is most of the time where I live).
  • epicmepicm Posts: 2
  • epicmepicm Posts: 2
    I am looking for a passenger front tire that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg. Any suggestions? My car is RWD.
  • I have a 2008 IS 250 with 18" OE tires. What are the pros and cons of switching to 17" rims and all weather tires, if possible
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 876
    "....What are the pros and cons of switching to 17" rims and all weather tires, if possible."

    First, switching from 18" to 17" rims is directionally towards better ride, and away from better handling. However, there is more difference between tires (make and model) than a simple size change like this. You can overwhelm the difference by careful selection of tires.

    Further, switching from OE Summer tires to All Season tires is directionally towards better wear, worse fuel economy, worse grip, and worse handling. Again careful selection of tires is important as you may be able to mitigate this.
  • Capriracer,

    thanks for your reply. I wonder why everyone recommends alignment check every time you change tires. I check my tread wear every 3-4000 miles to see if there is any indication of an alignment problem. I just sold my 2004 Lexus ES-330 with 95,000 miles on it. Never had an alignment check. OE tires lasted 55,000 with no wear problems and 40,000 on the replacement tire with no wear problems. Brakes lasted 85,000 miles. Is the alignment problem with the IS 250 a vehicle design issue or a driver problem?
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 876
    ".........I wonder why everyone recommends alignment check every time you change tires. ....."

    Aside from the obvious revenue enhancement, many folks pay no attention to the wear on their tires, so when they go in to replace their tires, they have no idea if there is a problem or not. The idea is that to insure that the vehicle is in alignment at the beginning. Later, it would be too late to try to fix an alignment induced tire wear problem - the wear is already there and can not be undone.

    On the other hand, if there is no indication there might be a problem, then the risk is low that the alignment may be faulty. There is a risk that something may have recently happened and its affect has not had enough time to manifest itself, but the odds of that being the case are low.

    "......Is the alignment problem with the IS 250 a vehicle design issue or a driver problem?...."

    I only have alignment data for a 2009 IS250 Sport 2WD. I see a number of problems with the specs, but I'll only outline one - rear camber. The specs say -1.23° ±0.75°. Not only is the target over 1°, but it is possible for the value to be nearly 2° and still be "In Spec". That's a design issue! And that is only one of several.

    That is not to say the every IS250 Sport 2WD is going to have tire wear problams as there are many things that impact tire wear, but there are certainly some vehicle factors that are directionally wrong.
  • I have an 09 IS 250 RWD with 19950 miles on it. Last night I was driving down a residential street and my drivers side rear tire blew out. I thought I ran something over, like a nail, but there are no holes in it. Turns out the tire ripped on the side wall, a good inch or so long. The tow truck driver said that's a defect in the tire and I should talk to my dealer. What do you think? My tread is like new, he said. Just wondering if a rip on the outer tire wall has happened to any of you and what you or your dealership did about it? I have the premium package so I do have the 18" wheels and seemingly low-pro's. Any advice is appreciated, I need to get this fixed by like tomorrow!
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 876
    This does not sound like a tire defect. Consider you have nearly 20K miles on the tires - and defects would show up pretty quickly.

    It does sound like what you've described - a rip - which is usully caused by some debris that snags the sidewall.
  • gordongjgordongj Posts: 23
    Have any readers here had a problem with their painted alloys "pimpling"? (Raised little bumps like pimples). All 4 of my wheels have them - some wheels worse than others. On the positive side, I emailed the dealership with a couple of pictures and they are replacing all 4 wheels under warranty - no questions asked! I could not believe how easy this was. I was ready for a bit of a fight.

  • raymond59raymond59 Posts: 1
    I have a IS250 with different sized tires. The rims are the same size. If I replace the front tires with the same size as the back (245/45R17) will there be any consequences? Will they fit?
  • gordongjgordongj Posts: 23
    The finish on my '07 IS 250 alloys were blistering. Without even asking to see them, they ordered me 4 new ones under warranty. If every issue were this easy to resolve!
  • gordongjgordongj Posts: 23
    For the same reason, I have my tire changes done at the dealership also. I was told that some tire shops occassionally wreck a tire pressure monitor now and again. Those can be expensive to replace,
  • rmc808rmc808 Posts: 1
    I did the unforgivable and scraped my rim on the curb; the dealership does not carry silver/chrome color touch up paint; has anyone had this issue and found paint to match? Thanks!
  • My front rims were badly scratched from hitting too many curbs. Contacted Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, moble unit came to my house and did an excellent job of refinising the rims. found them on Google
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